A special committee, appointed by Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian is preparing to celebrate the 500th anniversary of publication of the first Armenian book. The Committee Members include Dr. Minas Kojayan, Ms. Laura Kouyoumjian, Hayk Madoyan (Chair), Hratch Sepetjian, Mashdots Jobanian, Vahe Sargsyan and Mrs. Alenoush Yeghnazar.
Under the auspices of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the 500th Anniversary Committee held a meeting at the Diocesan Headquarters on July 11. Themed “Let there be light,” the momentous celebration will consist of a series of events aimed at promoting and highlighting the milestone of Armenian history. These events include:
Essay-writing competition – On Friday, September 7, 2012, 9-12 grade students from local high schools will participate in an essay-writing competition. To be held on the campus of Woodbury University in Burbank, a considerable amount of time will be allotted to students in order to reflect on the significance of the 500th anniversary of printing of the first Armenian book.
Awards Ceremony – Art and Book Exhibition – Participants of the essay-writing contest will be invited to St. Leon Armenian Cathedral on Friday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. and will be treated to a reception. On the same day, the names of the winners of the essay writing competition will be announced. These students will receive certificates of blessing and commendation from the Primate.
On October 12, at 7:00 p.m., an art exhibition showcasing the works of the Atanian Art School students will be showcased at the Zorayan Museum of the Western Diocese.
Conference – From 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, October 13, the Feast Day of the Holy Translators, a conference will be held on the campus of Woodbury University where guest lecturers will emphasize the significance of the 500th anniversary of the Armenian book. The republication and translation of Hagop Meghabard’s “Ourpatakirk” (originally published in Venice, Italy in 1512) is in completion stages. The book will be translated from classical Armenian into Eastern Armenian.
Divine Liturgy and Pontifical Encyclical – On Sunday, October 14, at 10:30 a.m., His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate, will be the celebrant and homilist at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the printing of the first Armenian book, a Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians will be read to the Diocesan faithful during the service.
From 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., a cultural event will be held at the Turpanjian Plaza and will feature song and dance performances by various artists and ensembles.
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